Southport – Its Victorian legacy has not been fully understood by modern custodians

Place North West has an interesting and thought provoking article on its website – see link below:-

www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/my-place-southport/

In my view Southport suffers from two distinct and unique disadvantages. Firstly, of being at one far end of a Metropolitan Borough (Sefton) whilst being mostly surrounded by a County (Lancashire) it no longer (since 1974) has any significant political connections with. Secondly, of having some very poor road and rail connections to the east and north of it.

If you start from the premise that the modern custodians have failed then I feel the disadvantages which have been put in their way are very much the cause. What’s more they’ve not been self-created disadvantages but very much imposed ones from Beeching’s railway cut backs of the 1960’s, the lack of an Ormskirk road by-pass, and the reorganisation of local government in 1974. The fact that none of theses significant downsides for Sunny Southport have been successfully addressed is the ongoing challenge which the present day custodians can’t crack – although that’s not for the want of trying.

I’ve commented on this so tough to crack conundrum previously:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2019/01/06/southport-betting-on-a-bright-future-for-our-local-seaside-town/

My view is that Southport has been failed but the causes of that failure are very much external to the Town.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Formby – What is a Yort?

I’ve cycled past this street nameplate many times and like others in our cycling group I have scratched my head wondering what a Yort is?

Googling ‘Yort’ did not throw up any answers so my fellow cycler Roy Connell emailed the Clerk of Formby Parish Council who told him the term may mean ‘Yard’ but also suggested that we ask the views of Formby Civic Society. An e-mail to the Civic Society brought back this:-

‘I have been doing some digging in our archive and attach a newspaper cutting from about 1957 which gives some interesting background information. We hold a copy of all 10 sheets of the 1845 Tithe map and the Schedule shows Formby had 83 plots incorporating the name “Yort”.

Today I know of a house at 94 Gores Lane called Long Yort www.flickr.com/photos/formbycivicsociety/5885064473/in/album-72157625287478503/

Below is an article from “An Agricultural Study of Formby with Ainsdale” By Kim Morton (1981) Edited by J. Lewis, M. Adams & C. Ahmad which actually is related to Andrews Yort.’

Orchards

Hume (1866, 77) claimed that the first orchard in all of Lancashire was in Ravenmeols; the site was shown to him by the inhabitants of Park House in Ravenmeols, located to the south of Kirklake, in the same neighbourhood[1]. The piece of ground was called Andrew’s Gardens, or Bowers Gardens so named because two hundred years previously (about 1665) it had been occupied by Andrew Brown. His orchard had been famous for its apples (Kelly, 1973, 22). However, the orchards were destroyed by the sand moving inland and now nothing remains but the ‘mounds of sand and tufts of starrgrass’ (Hume 1866, 77). Local folklore states that Andrews Lane and Andrews Yort of the present day represent Andrew Brown’s holdings in Ravenmeols. Holt (1795, 83) comments that ‘…there are no orchards worthy of notice in this part of the country’ at the end of the 18th century (1795, 83).

So now you know what a ‘Yort’ is assuming if, like me, you were in the dark about it before.

My thanks to Formby Civic Society for their invaluable help with this posting

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‘UK led towards no-deal Brexit by untruthful elite’

The Guardian has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jun/18/uk-led-towards-no-deal-brexit-by-untruthful-elite-says-ex-eu-envoy-ivan-rogers

And what makes this mind boggling situation, which the UK has put itself in, even more bizarre is that Brexit has the backing of the majority of the leadership of the Labour Party.

A no deal Brexit would be ‘economic lunacy’ certainly but any form of Brexit will be worse than the deal the UK has with the EU now!

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Sefton Council – Going Green in the battle to control plastic pollution

Part of Sefton’s coastline at Crosby

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/plans-put-forward-help-save-16371115

Now for all of you out there who think I have a downer on the Labour Party here’s a positive story I’m happy to promote.

Firstly, I should say that one of my big issues with Labour on Merseyside has always been their lack of environmental/green credentials. You only have to look at the troubles in both Knowsley and Liverpool Councils where building on parks and green spaces has actually been promoted by Labour. Their approach to Sefton’s Local Plan adoption process, where they seemed to look upon environmental campaigners as nothing but a bloody nuisance, also comes to mind as an example of my concerns.

But credit where it’s due this plastic pollution position adopted by Labour-run Sefton Council is a step in the right direction. Oh and by the way the minutes of the meeting where the motion was agreed say that all present (of differing political parties) supported it.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.

Labour Party ‘Broken to the core’

The Guardian has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/20/labour-party-broken-to-core-former-blair-minister-jane-kennedy

Jane Kennedy has form when it comes to fighting Militants as she battled against them in Liverpool’s Tuebrook Ward Labour Party back in Neil Kinnock’s day. Militant lost that battle of course but Momentum has very much won the battle for the Labour Party in 2019 and Jane has this time walked away from the party she has been a member of for many years.

It’s interesting, although probably not surprising, that she is backing Change UK the new political party which seems to have got pretty much everything wrong since it launched and is potentially facing a very short working life.

With thnaks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.

Politicians who evade or fear scrutiny are not the kind of people we should be electing

The Scotsman has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/farage-s-dislike-of-scrutiny-is-a-warning-to-the-electorate-leader-comment-1-4925761

Scrutiny of those in power whether they be running a Parish Council or the UK Government is crucial in a healthy functioning democracy. If you ever notice a politician trying to evade scrutiny then alarm bells should be ringing whomever they are.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

PS – As if to remind us all of this matter a Liverpool Echo article from 17th May had this line within it regarding Knowsley Borough Council:-

‘And changes to Knowsley’s constitution put forward by Labour were heavily criticised by opposition councillors who said they would reduce scrutiny of the council.’